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    For discussion by the reader among us.

    Do you only buy/get hardbacks?

    Do you only buy/get soft covers?

    Do you buy hard and soft covered books?

    What do you do with a book (hard and or soft cover) once you have read it? put it on your bookcase / on a shelf / give it to a friend / donate it to charity / throw it in the (recycle) bin / other?

    Do you only read books one the 'best seller' lists?

    Do you prefer reading a 'physical' book rather than on screen e.g. a Kindle. I do.
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    No, no, yes, all of those, no, yes.
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    I have to slightly disagree with isla:

    No, no, yes, all of those, rarely, yes.

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    I don't much care about the cover, nor about 'bestsellers', but I do prefer physical books. I used to keep them all, but the cost of building more bookshelves and reinforcing the floor joists got overwhelming, so now I weed them out and only keep ones I think I might want to read or consult again. A few I sell to used bookstores, and The Little Free Libraries get the rest.
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    No, no, yes, bookcase or charity, no, yes.
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    No, no, yes, all of the above, nope, yes (although I do use my kindle quite a bit for traveling/commuting, but around the house, give me a book!)
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    I buy a lot of used books online so I get a mix, book's I truly enjoy, referance, and boat bulding among a few I keep, other get offered to friends most hit a free bok bin at my town hall.

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    no
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    we have a rotating pile of books at the local pub, but if I think I will read it again I will put a note on it asking for it to be returned to me. Which happens.
    once in a while
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    No
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    Depends on how much I like it
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    Complicated. I read a lot of things in pdf form on my tablet, but not recreational "books" so far.

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    I scan the book reviews in the weekend broadsheet newspapers and one or two other places. Anything I think interesting, I save to my Amazon Wish List as a convenient place to store the info. I also have a list of previously read books that I've liked, so that I can keep an eye out for new publications by those authors.

    If I think that I'll probably only read a book once, I'll try to borrow it from the library.

    If the library doesn't have it or can't get it, then I consider buying. I also consider buying when I think that the book is either a 'keeper' or one that I'll probably read several times over the years.

    Once I've decided to buy, if it's fiction I'll go for paperback; non-fiction I go for hardback. I'll always try to see if I can find it second hand and only buy new in extremis.

    We always seem to have too many books for the available shelf space, so I have a periodic cull. Fiction and 'popular' non-fiction goes to a charity shop; serious non-fiction I try to sell but if it doesn't find a buyer, that goes to one particular charity (Oxfam) which runs a pretty serious bookshop in one of its shops in a town 15 miles or so away.
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    Hard cover when I have to, soft when I can because they are usually cheaper. No kindle. Real paper only. Best seller status has nothing to do with what I read, which is always non fiction.
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    I use a kindle when I read fiction. Easy to carry in a coat or pants pocket. My standby when dinning by my self. Any book that has an index or pictures, tables or graphs I by a book. Hard cover, soft cover, new or used does not matter.
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    I usually have 2 or 3 books going at a time. If I hear of something new I put a hold at the library.
    I also check Kindle books from our library. They disappear after 21 days.
    If there's an older book, and the library doesn't have it, I go to Abebooks and buy a used copy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rum_Pirate View Post
    For discussion by the reader among us.

    Do you only buy/get hardbacks?

    Do you only buy/get soft covers?

    Do you buy hard and soft covered books?

    What do you do with a book (hard and or soft cover) once you have read it? put it on your bookcase / on a shelf / give it to a friend / donate it to charity / throw it in the (recycle) bin / other?

    Do you only read books one the 'best seller' lists?

    Do you prefer reading a 'physical' book rather than on screen e.g. a Kindle. I do.
    I buy hard and soft cover books. I prefer hard covers. Never look for something on the bestseller list. Don't have much time to read novels but I do sometimes, not often. I also like books on CDs. It's great to listen to them while I'm working around the house. I have several hundred if not a thousand books. I put them on the bookshelves on the north wall. Makes good insulation against the frigid North wind here in Alaska I prefer a physical book, but I have some on Kindle on my iPhone.
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    With sincere apologies to JohnW, a truly nice chap, I have totally converted to Kindle. However She still reads real books and still trades at John's wonderful used bookstore and at Secret Gardens, Ballard's independent bookstore, for new books. I miss those places.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ron ll View Post
    With sincere apologies to JohnW, a truly nice chap, I have totally converted to Kindle. However She still reads real books and still trades at John's wonderful used bookstore and at Secret Gardens, Ballard's independent bookstore, for new books. I miss those places.

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    no, no, yes, all of the above at times, no, yes

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    I 'read' constantly.... but only with audio books... I always have one 'running' in my car. Always contemporary non-fiction, and nearly always books that have a very short 'shelf life' due to their contemporary content. In the summer, while on the boat, I read e-books via my Kindle.

    The most recent one:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rum_Pirate View Post
    For discussion by the reader among us.

    Do you only buy/get hardbacks?

    Do you only buy/get soft covers?

    Do you buy hard and soft covered books?

    What do you do with a book (hard and or soft cover) once you have read it? put it on your bookcase / on a shelf / give it to a friend / donate it to charity / throw it in the (recycle) bin / other?

    Do you only read books one the 'best seller' lists?

    Do you prefer reading a 'physical' book rather than on screen e.g. a Kindle. I do.
    Usually when I buy books I go for the paperback because of price. I prefer what some have called the Trade Paperback. Quite a lot I will hit the big bookstore looking for books and then once I find a good series go to the used book store and round it out and if I have to go back and order what is needed to complete the series.

    So with that said I end up with whatever cover is available. Building off of that I don't keep many books, only a few have made it to my permanent collection. I've been known to share with friends but usually I trade them in at the used book store for more books. Not sure I could build enough bookcases for all if I kept them.

    I have never purposely read a book that was on the best seller list. I look for books that I like.


    I did try the on screen reading thing and it just doesn't cut it for me.

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